IT’S WINTER, BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN

beautiful-winter-girlThroughout the year, it’s not just our wardrobe that calls for a change – our makeup and skin care routines need one too. Just as we change into our warmer clothes for winter, makeup trends also point us towards darker and cooler colors and richer skin care. Winter is a notoriously difficult time of year for the face, which is often the only part of our body exposed to the elements. To help you survive this problematic period here are ten skin-saving tips to take on board.

1 Drink water

Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you when you go outside. Green tea is also great when it’s really cold. It is full of antioxidants. So drink up and don’t let your skin go thirsty.

2. Humidifier

Central heating systems (as well as heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Consider placing small humidifiers in your home; they will help to put moisture back into the air. Otherwise go easy on the heat and rug up instead.

3. Sunscreen

Don’t say goodbye to your Sunscreen just because summer is over. Before you leave your house, apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more. This will protect your skin from the winter sun. You can also combine your sunscreen with a moisturizer or even your foundation.

4. Winter Hand Care

The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and dry skin. Wear gloves when you go outside in winter. Sorbelene based moisturisers are also great to keep the moisture in the skin. Make sure you apply your hand moisturiser as often as you can.

 5. Winter Body Care

Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great in the cold weather. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. A WARM bath is relaxing and not as drying for the skin. Even better – add a few drops of Jojoba oil or sweet almond oil in your bath. This can help to relieve dry skin. Also limit your bath or showers to once a day. Bath time is also a good time to shave. Shaving will help to exfoliate the dry skin but make sure to moisturise your body immediately afterwards.

 6. Winter Hair Care

Dry scalp, dandruff, and split ends are common hair and scalp problems in the winter months. Avoid over washing your hair and overusing hot blow dryers, curling irons, and hot curlers. By wrapping a towel with good absorption properties around your hair for a few minutes after washing, you will cut down your hair dryer time. If possible, avoid chemical hair treatments, such as perming, during winter months. Also use conditioners generously in the winter and consider trying a natural hair treatment such as honey dissolved into a few cups of warm water. These will help soften and add shine to your hair.

7. Winter Lip Care

Lips tend to dry out the fastest at this time of year. Be sure to keep them covered with a good lip balm applied several times during the day and avoid licking your lips which will only dry them out further. Lip balms are now commonly available with colour an SPF factor as well to protect them from the harmful rays.

8. Moisturizing Your Face

For people with normal/dry skin type, you may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find a rich moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. If you have oily skin you may want to remain on the same skincare routine just apply your moisturizer more frequently.

9. Foundation

During winter, the skin tone can be quite different than it was during the summer months. In order to keep your face looking natural, always choose a foundation that closely matches your skin tone throughout the year. In winter, our skin tone tends to be at its palest so you may need to use foundation that’s one or two shades lighter than your summer pick. Make sure to test a foundation before you buy it. You can also mix your foundation with your sunscreen or moisturizer; this will help to lighten the colour of your foundation by a shade.

 10. Bronzer

Bronzer is definitely the most important item in your makeup bag during winter. You can do a variety of things using a bronzer – not only will it give you the natural healthy glow you may be missing, it can also be used to reshape y